-- Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Playtime is more than a source of amusement
for kids and their parents. It teaches toddlers social skills, how
to pay attention and to use their imagination, says the American
Academy of Pediatrics.
It's important to offer your child time and toys to help promote
growth and development, the AAP advises.
Create a play space that's safe for your child, the group says.
It should be a place where your child can play freely without the
risk of injury, and where you can easily keep an eye on your
Even simple toys can encourage imagination and wonder. Examples
include blocks, crayons, plastic dishware, and pots and pans.
And don't forget to include activities outside the home, such as
a story hour at the local library, a trip to the playground, or a
playgroup at the nearby YMCA.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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